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Wedding in Galilee (1987)

Urs al-jalil (original title)
| Drama | June 1988 (USA)
A Palestinian seeks Israeli permission to waive curfew to give his son a fine wedding. The military governor's condition is that he and his officers attend. The groom berates his father for... See full summary »

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Mohamad Ali El Akili ...
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Bushra Karaman ...
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Bacem (as Youssef Abou Warda)
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Bride (as Anna Achdian)
Nazih Akleh ...
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Sonia Amar ...
Soumaya
Eyad Anis ...
Hassan
Waël Barghouti ...
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Juliano Mer-Khamis ...
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Ian Chemi ...
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Tali Dorat ...
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A Palestinian seeks Israeli permission to waive curfew to give his son a fine wedding. The military governor's condition is that he and his officers attend. The groom berates his father for agreeing. Women ritually prepare the bride; men prepare the groom. Guests gather. The Arab youths plot violence. One Israeli officer swoons in the heat and Arab women take her into the cool house. A thoroughbred gets loose and runs to a mined field; soldiers and Arabs must cooperate to rescue it. As darkness falls, tensions between army and villagers rise, and the groom's wedding-night anger and impotence threaten family dignity and honor. Can cool heads prevail? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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a bitter-sweet story of coping with powerlessness
3 March 1999 | by (Oxford, UK) – See all my reviews

The movie seems more like a National Geographic documentary than like a fiction feature, which is understandable given the background of the director. Although at time painfully slow to develop and rather episodical and disjointed, the movie makes up for it in sensitivity, cinematography and subtlety. More than a story, the movie is a fresco of Palestinian rural society, split along ethnic, generational, political and gender faults. The strongest portrayal is of the Palestinian man: proud but powerless, ashamed and angry. Powerless to keep the Israelis away from their wedding, incompetent in planning and carrying out an attack against the Israeli soldiers, and ultimately downright impotent. Palestinian women by contrast are sensitive, sensual, peaceful and generally much better adjusted. Not the greatest movie ever, but a great way to understand the more subtle nuances of the Palestinian psyche.


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